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A LOOK AT THE PRESENT PRESENT – OCTOBER 2009 Alinghi recently arrived at the 33rd America’s Cup Venue, Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, where preparations are advancing at full speed for the 33rd America’s Cup which is to start on the 8 February 2010. The team’s giant catamaran is reassembled and sailing in Emirati waters for the first time and the team’s base is reaching completion. Alinghi 5 represents the first step in the Swiss Defender’s path towards the 33rd America’s Cup. The 90ft multihull has a beam comparable to the width of two tennis courts set side by side and a mast that towers some 17 stories high. The boat was launched on the 8 July and underwent its maiden sail on the 20 July on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Shortly after that, it was air-lifted to a temporary training base in Genoa, Italy, for sea trials. While the Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup continues to pursue its legal strategy in the New York Courts – this time on its seventh legal challenge – Alinghi persists in keeping sport at the heart of day-to-day business: the sailors will spend the next four months before the America’s Cup Match learning the boat while the designers will be monitoring the results of tests and applying what they learn through the boat builders who are always on hand. “I am 100% committed to fighting for the 33rd America’s Cup on the water and to defending our title again,” says Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi president. THE LAST FEW YEARS Immediately after the successful defence in 2007 Alinghi and its yacht club Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) launched the 33rd America’s Cup aiming to maintain the momentum created by what was lauded the most successful America’s Cup event of all time. The plan: to develop the already successful organisational model and implement cost containing measures. The process of presenting a Protocol in partnership with the Spanish Challenger of Record, Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV), and crafting the new class rule, competition and event regulations with the first entered challengers was well underway in 2007 when BMW Oracle Racing (BOR) and the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) struck with a law suit that disrupted the originally intended 2009 multi-challenger 33rd America’s Cup. Alinghi, the Société Nautique de Genève and the 18 entered challengers received good news from the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court on 29 July 2008 when it ruled the Spanish Club Náutico Español de Vela to be the legitimate Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup. This was short-lived however as four days later BMW Oracle Racing brought the 33rd America’s Cup to a halt again, dragging the competition off the water and back into the New York Court of Appeals. The American team won its appeal on 7 April 2009 and was imposed as the Challenger of Record. Alinghi invited them to Geneva for a meeting to discuss the terms of the 33rd America’s Cup within the framework of the GGYC Notice of Challenge which states a 90x90ft yacht: a multihull. The Defender accepted the GGYC/BOR challenge – as ordered by the court


– and suggested opening the challenger selection up to other yacht clubs. SNG also invited the new Challenger of Record to discuss the format, venue and calendar of the event. It was understood that another meeting would take place imminently but on 28 April, GGYC and BOR took the America’s Cup back to the New York Supreme Court on contempt of court charges over the date of the Match. The defending yacht club asked that the court also address the matter of the pending GGYC Custom-House Registry during the 14 May hearing to save time in getting the competition back on the water as soon as possible.

The presiding judge at the hearing on 14 May, Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich of the NY Supreme Court, ruled on the issues immediately. She declared that unless an alternative date could be agreed upon through mediation (which she also ordered must take place), then the Justice Cahn, 12 May 2008 Court Order, would be in effect and concluded that a match must be raced in February 2010 in Valencia or any other venue of the Defender’s choosing (so in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere). In another important decision, Justice Kornreich ordered the GGYC to stick to the specifications of their Notice of Challenge or risk disqualification and instructed the Challenger of Record to provide the Custom-House Registry as soon as possible. This they eventually did on 30 September 2009, long after the 10 August hearing on the matter, during which BMW Oracle were forced to acknowledge that the boat they had been sailing for almost a year was in fact “USA”, their America’s Cup challenger. Fast forward to October 2009 and the Alinghi multihull is launched and sailing out of the team’s new home in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; venue for the 33rd America’s Cup. BMW Oracle continues to threaten the 33rd America’s Cup with legal action, most recently striking with their seventh lawsuit (this time challenging the choice of venue) on the day that Alinghi arrived in the UAE. A ONE SECOND AMERICA’S AMERICA’S CUP VICTORY: VICTORY: 3 JULY 2007 Alinghi won the 32nd America’s Cup 5-2 against old rivals Emirates Team New Zealand in Valencia on the 3 July 2007 after one of the most thrilling match races of all time. The final and deciding match was won by just one second! This put Switzerland and Alinghi firmly in the history books, along with the USA and New Zealand, as a multiple America’s Cup winner. The 32nd America’s Cup, run as per the new model laid out by Ernesto Bertarelli, was widely acclaimed to be the greatest sailing spectacle ever. With four years of competition including preliminary Acts and 12 teams from five continents, plus more than 6.4 million spectators and over 4.2 billion TV viewers, the event ended up distributing substantial benefits to all the competing teams. THE VERY EARLY EARLY DAYS Alinghi, created in 2000, won the 31st America’s Cup in Auckland for the first time in a staggering 5-0 victory against Team New Zealand on 2 March 2003. The Cup was returned to Europe for the first time since the inaugural race in 1851.



16 October: Alinghi 5 sails on Emirati waters for the first time 30 September: After a 12 day, 4,400nm voyage, Alinghi 5 arrives at the 33rd America’s Cup Venue in the Emirates 18 September: Alinghi 5 and its entourage departs Genoa, Italy, bound for Ras Al Khaimah, UAE 7 August: Alinghi 5 is flown by helicopter from Lake Geneva to Genoa, Italy for sea trials 6 August: SNG publishes the Measurement Procedures for the 33rd America’s Cup 4 August: SNG announces Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, as the Venue for the 33rd America’s Cup due to the ideal sea breeze conditions and the excellent infrastructure they plan for the event 20 July: Alinghi 5 sails for the first time on Lake Geneva 8 July: Alinghi 5, Alinghi’s giant catamaran is launched on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. This boat represents the team’s first step in the development process towards the 33rd America’s Cup


3 July: Alinghi wins the 32nd America’s Cup 5-2 against Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) April-June: Louis Vuitton Cup, Valencia, Spain 3-7 April: Louis Vuitton Act 13. The last time Alinghi meets the challengers before the America’s Cup Match 1 April: America’s Cup racing yachts unveiling ceremony 17 March: SUI100 launch, Valencia, Spain


30 August-17 September: SUI06 Swiss Roadshow welcomes 70,000 visitors 22 June-2 July: Louis Vuitton Act 12. Alinghi ranked 2nd after ETNZ 11-21 May: Louis Vuitton Act 10 (Alinghi 4th) and 11 (Alinghi 1st). SUI91 is launched in Valencia, Spain


29 September-9 October: Louis Vuitton Act 8 and 9 (Alinghi wins both), Trapani, Italy. Alinghi also takes the 2005 ACC Season Championship 25 August-4 September: Louis Vuitton Act 6 and 7 (Alinghi wins both), Malmö, Sweden 16-26 June: Louis Vuitton Act 4 (Alinghi 1st) and 5 (Alinghi 2nd), Valencia, Spain February: Alinghi leaves Switzerland for Valencia, Spain, home to the 32nd America’s Cup


4-17 October: Louis Vuitton Act 2 and 3 (Alinghi 1st ), Valencia, Spain 5-11 September: Louis Vuitton Act 1 (Alinghi 2nd), Marseille, France



2 March: Alinghi wins the America’s Cup 5-0 against Team New Zealand. The Cup returns to Europe for the first time in 152 years January: Alinghi wins the Louis Vuitton Cup


July: Alinghi arrives in Auckland, New Zealand with SUI75 May: Alinghi opens the doors to the team base in Auckland, the first team to ever do so, and welcomes 100,000 visitors


November: Alinghi sailing team moves to Auckland with SUI59 and SUI64, testing and training begins


September: Alinghi, the Swiss America’s Cup team is officially launched at the Société Nautique de Genève



Alinghi, Swiss Defender of the America’s Cup, carries the colours of the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) and flies the Swiss flag. The SNG is one of the International Sailing Federation’s founding clubs and it has long represented Switzerland within international sailing institutions. The SNG’s involvement in the America’s Cup represents a further step in its rich history. A DYNAMIC CLUB Since it was founded in 1872, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) has been devoted to the promotion and development of water sports and actively supports champions. With more than 3,000 members, the SNG is involved in training top-ranking sportsmen and women in four main disciplines: sailing, rowing, motor-boating and water-skiing. Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, with an exceptional view of the water fountain and Geneva harbour, the SNG organises several regattas, including the famous Bol d’Or with an annual entry of more than 500 boats. Pierre-Yves Firmenich, Commodore of the SNG comments: “Alinghi’s victory in the America’s Cup has had a huge impact on our Club, as well as on Switzerland and Europe as a whole. The motivation of young sailors has increased dramatically and our sailing courses are fully subscribed. The dream has become a reality.”



Alinghi 5 was launched on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, on 8 July, by a Mil Mi-26 helicopter; the biggest and most powerful in the world. On 20 July after a week or so of preparations Alinghi 5 left the dock in Le Bouveret for its maiden sail. On 7 August, the team air-lifted the boat from Lake Geneva to a temporary base in Genoa, Italy for sea trials, before loading the giant catamaran and its entourage on to a cargo ship for the 12 day, 4,400nm voyage to Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, Venue for the 33rd America’s Cup. It arrived on 30 September 2009 and sailed for the first time on Emirati waters on 16 October. . Boat type: Catamaran of carbon composite construction Where built: built Alinghi Villeneuve + DÊcision Corsier, Switzerland Length waterline: waterline 90ft Hours to build: build 100,000 man-hours Square metres of carbon fibre used: used 30,000m2



The 22-strong Alinghi sailing team is peppered with world class talent from 10 different countries. Four-time America’s Cup winner Brad Butterworth heads the roll call as team skipper and tactician. He is closely flanked by fellow four-time Cup winners Simon Daubney, Warwick Fleury, Dean Phipps and Murray Jones. The crew’s depth of experience spans from America’s Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird to multihull experts Alain Gautier, Franck Proffit and Loïck Peyron, not forgetting Swiss Champions and Bol d’Or winners Yves Detrey and Nils Frei. Round the world sailors are also numerous: Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen, Rodney Ardern and Curtis Blewett are just a few.

Rodney Ardern (NZL)

Alain Gautier (FRA)

Ed Baird (USA)

Murray Jones (NZL)

Ernesto Bertarelli – team president (SUI)

Lorenzo Mazza (ITA)

Curtis Blewett (CAN)

Will McCarthy (AUS)

Brad Butterworth – skipper (NZL)

Loïck Peyron (FRA)

Simon Daubney (NZL)

Dean Phipps (NZL)

Jan Dekker (RSA&FRA)

Franck Proffit (FRA)

Yves Detrey (SUI)

Francesco Rapetti (ITA)

Peter Evans (NZL)

Nicolas Texier (FRA)

Warwick Fleury (NZL)

Pieter van Nieuwenhuijzen (NED)

Nils Frei (SUI)

Juan Vila (ESP)

For more information on the Alinghi sailors and other team members, please go to



The 23-strong design team is coordinated by Grant Simmer, while Rolf Vrolijk spearheads the design as principal with chief engineer Dirk Kramers. Michael Richelsen runs the performance prediction and CFD, Kurt Jordan does composites and structural analysis. Kirst Feddersen focuses on mast design and Mike Schreiber on sail design. The team is joined by Daniele Costantini, Daniel Bernasconi, Andreas Winistoerfer, Silvio Arrivabene and Andrew Mason, for the 33rd America’s Cup.

Silvio Arrivabene (ITA)

construction and planning manager

Daniel Bernasconi (GBR)

software performance and prediction engineer

Jim Bungener (SUI)

computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and fluid analysis

Daniele Costantini (ITA)

fibre optics engineer

Mark De Gids (NED)

software engineer

Luc Dubois (SUI)

performance analysis

Brett Ellis (AUS)

design engineer

Kirst Feddersen (USVI)

mast designer

Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI)

data analysis and sailing coach

Kurt Jordan (USA)

composite materials and structural analysis

Dirk Kramers (NED)

chief engineer

Andrew Mason (AUS)

velocity prediction programmer (VPP), engineer consultancy services

Patrick Mazuay (FRA)

sail design

Jean Claude Monnin (SUI)

software development and performance prediction

Virginie Nivelleau (FRA)

Sail Vision and electronic projects

François Nivelleau (FRA)

Sail Vision and electronic projects

Aaron Perry (USA)

design engineering

Michael Richelsen (DEN)

designer, performance prediction and computational fluid dynamics

Tom Schnackenberg (NZL / CAN)

designer and performance prediction

Mike Schreiber (USA)

chief sail designer

Grant Simmer (AUS)

design team coordinator

Rolf Vrolijk (NED)

principal designer

Andreas Winistoerfer (SUI)

rigging designer and composite rigging expert



The EPFL is Alinghi’s scientific advisor for the 33rd America’s Cup. The Swiss Defender has enjoyed this relationship since 2000. These are some of the areas of collaboration: 1-MATERIALS AND STRUCTURE STRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Composite material is used to build the boat. These composite structures are made of a rigid, strong and incredibly light carbon-reinforced polymer composite material referred to as a "sandwich". The production process for this composite sandwich involves several steps, and a variety of factors must be optimised for reliability and performance. The embedment of optical fibres in the sandwich structure allows for "intelligent" composites as they provide real-time feedback on how the boat is performing. Full scale testing of large elements of the structure is carried out in the laboratory to define resistance and the maintenance plan of sensitive elements. In parallel, new non-destructive testing techniques are developed in collaboration with the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD) that allow for a “health” assessment of the composite sandwich over time. 2-FLUID DYNAMICS ANALYSIS ANALYSIS Computational Fluid and Structural Dynamics (CFSD) is a mathematical approach that aims at simulating a wide range of flow conditions. Numerical models are used to simulate the flow – of both air and water – around a computerised version of the yacht in racing conditions. These models allow for large amounts of configuration tests. Such reliable tools are needed to reduce the amount of expensive tank testing. 3-VIDEO ANALYSIS FOR SAIL SAIL DESIGN One way to improve sail design is to analyse how they behave under actual sailing conditions and to extract data on how the sail, and ultimately the boat, is responding to physical conditions. One solution currently developed at EPFL to evaluate these performances is to extract the information from video sequences. 4-STRATEGIC ROUTE PLANNING PLANNING Another project assists the navigator by making sailing as much of a science as possible. Researchers are developing a mathematical model that will be able to provide the navigator with a rational method for planning the fastest possible course for a given race, even in the face of variable weather conditions.



Hublot was created in 1980 and its watch design was inspired by a boat porthole. It was the first in the history of watchmaking to combine natural rubber with gold. Sobriety, comfort and the characteristic shape of Hublot watches soon made them highly sought-after pieces. Since 2004, when Jean-Claude Biver took up the role of Hublot CEO, the "Art of Fusion" became the way of thinking and creating at Hublot: combining unexpected materials such as ceramic, carbon, tantalum, tungsten, titanium and magnesium with precious and conventional materials and employing the most cutting-edge technologies while remaining true to the watchmaking know-how of the company’s ancestors. The new collection launched in 2005 was called ‘Big Bang’ and represented exactly the concept of Fusion. The bezel and case had sharper corners, screws passing through the case, and were still reminiscent of a porthole; retaining the look of the first Hublots with the rubber strap. Within a year, the Big Bang won numerous prizes in the world of watchmaking and thereafter, still retaining its shape, was released in various sizes with assorted ‘complications’ such as Tourbillon, Large Date, Power Reserve Indicator and Split Seconds. Hublot thenceforth experienced dazzling growth, engaging in numerous pioneering activities such as an Internet TV Premiere, sponsorship of the football team Manchester United, sponsorship of the Polo Gold Cup in Gstaad, the first completely invisible setting with baguette diamonds, revolutionary interactive window displays and diversified partnerships. The first Hublot single-brand stores were opened in Paris and St-Tropez, and then Geneva, Moscow, Dubai, Budapest, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Warsaw and Hong Kong. The success of this timepiece enabled the brand to increase its turnover tenfold in four years and in 2008 the world leader in luxury products, LVMH group, bought the brand to supplement its watch segment. Now, in 2009, Hublot is proud to sponsor Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, for the Match in 2010 in Ras al-Khaimah.



In 2008, Alinghi launched the Performance Programme, a new initiative aimed at fostering and supporting sailing talent. “Alinghi’s aim with this programme is to transfer knowledge, experience and resources to up and coming sailors,” says Alinghi team skipper Brad Butterworth. “Our support started with the Swiss Olympic hopefuls, but will continue beyond

the 2008 Games into other areas of the sport.”

Contribution from the Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup to members of the Performance Programme includes technical support from team experts in weather data, electronics, sailing tactics, training methodology, physical and mental preparation; all in collaboration with the team’s existing programmes and coaches. “The athletes have some great expertise in their

own coaches and we are looking to supplement this in any way we can – there’s a good chance that we will learn as much from them as they might from us,” says Brad Butterworth.

The Alinghi Performance Programme is a collaboration with the Swiss Sailing Team, the body managing the participation of Swiss sailors in international competition, including the Olympic Games and it will develop as a long term commitment of support. The teams that represented Switzerland in Beijing were the first to benefit from Alinghi’s assistance in different areas of their campaigns. During the 2008 Olympics, the Swiss sailing squad received daily weather briefings from Alinghi meteo specialist, Arnaud Monges. Nathalie Brügger (Club de Voile Estavayer-le-Lac), competing in the Laser Radial Class, previously received weather assistance from Alinghi’s Jon Bilger, who provided predictions and race course analysis during her participation in the World Championships in Auckland. Emmanuelle Rol and Anne-Sophie Thilo (Club Nautique de Pully), competing in the 470 Class, travelled to Valencia to spend a week 470 training with 1992 Olympic Gold medallist and Alinghi strategist, Jordi Calafat. Christoph Bottoni, (Circolo Vela Lugano) competing in the Laser Class, also joined this training session with his Laser.

“This programme should be measured in terms of sharing skills and know-how to help these young Olympians improve their performance at the Games in Qingdao,” says Brad Butterworth. “Switzerland has some great sailing talent and enthusiasm for the sport is growing exponentially – in some part thanks to Alinghi’s success in the America’s Cup.”

Alinghi’s most recent collaboration with the Swiss Sailing Team has been for the Alinghi Talent Camps. The Camps are a culmination of the 2009 Swiss Sailing Clinics and part of the wider Alinghi Performance Programme. Alinghi’s participation includes both technical and financial support and the aim of these Camps is to encourage young sailors who are not yet part of the Olympic Squad to continue to train and increase their skills.



Alinghi in partnership with the Swiss Sailing Federation have launched the Alinghi Swiss Sailing Clinics, a grass roots sailing programme that travels to each region of Switzerland this summer. The America’s Cup Defender, in collaboration with Swiss Sailing and the regional sailing clubs, is running day-long sailing clinics across the country, targeting 8-18 year olds with intermediate sailing ability in classes from Optimists or Lasers to 420s and 29ers. Each clinic is tailored to participants and kicks off with a workshop with Alinghi sailing team members, designers and boat-builders before the group rigs up to take the boats out racing in the afternoon. Swiss Sailing will be keeping a close eye on these clinics – scouting for the best youth sailors for the Alinghi Sailing Camp scheduled for the autumn. CALENDAR OF ALINGHI SWISS SAILING CLINICS CLINICS 28 March 2009: Alinghi Swiss Sailing Clinic – Romanshorn, Bodensee 26 April 2009: Alinghi Swiss Sailing Clinic – Stäfa, Zürichsee 9 May 2009: Alinghi Swiss Sailing Clinic – Lugano, Ticino 8 August 2009: Alinghi Swiss Sailing Clinic – St Moritz, Graubünden-Walensee 19 September 2009: Alinghi Swiss Sailing Clinic –Lucerne (Luzern) 21 September 2009: Alinghi Swiss Sailing Clinic –Vidy (Lausanne) ALINGHI TALENT CAMPS CAMPS 10-14 October: Optis and Laser Talent Camp, Ipsach 17-21 October: 420 and 470 Talent Camp, Ipsach.



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Yacht Club

Société Nautique de Genève

Team president

Ernesto Bertarelli

Team skipper and tactician

Brad Butterworth

Design team coordinator

Grant Simmer

Sail numbers

Alinghi 5, launched July 2009 SUI100, launched March 2007 SUI64, launched November 2001



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Eugenia Manzanas de las Heras

m: +34 678 660 657

Media officer for Spain, France and Switzerland

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English language media officer, Switzerland and Germany

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Media officer for Italy

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